We are located in an area where there is a mix of many older residents and a growing number of young families. The street library is a simple way to nurture the friendly nature that has existsed for a long time in our neighbourhood as well as, hopefully, making newcomers feel welcome and engaged in this age of disconnect.
I was reminded about street libraries when listening to a radio interview on the subject recently. So I put the idea to my obliging husband who, over many hours, painstakingly designed and built our street library.
In a world of information overload and growing disconnect and anxiety the street library offers a readily accessible and free means of escape. We like to call it Bibliotherapy.
We emphasise that the library belongs not to us but to all the members of our neighbourhood and encourage users to help keep it stocked and to maintain it in good order.
We enjoy observing the comings and goings of visitors and receiving their feedback.